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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 379: Humble and Fred Return

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 379In this 379th episode, Mike chats with Humble and Fred about why they weren't renewed at SiriusXM, their move to Funny 820, Fred's current health woes, Howard's love life and the future of radio. This episode is exactly 1:53:53.

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Humble and Fred Now On Funny 820 (CHAM-AM) Hamilton

Humble and Fred were cancelled by SiriusXM Canada this past summer, but they're back on terrestrial radio starting Monday at 7am as the new morning show on Funny 820 (CHAM-AM) Hamilton.

This is the first time Humble and Fred have been live on a terrestrial station you could get in the GTA since 2005 when they were the morning show at Mix 99.9. Then, Fred was fired, Humble was fired, there was a short-lived experiment on a Kingston station and the recent stint on satellite radio.

Will the boys remember how to suppress their swears? We'll find out Monday. I'll be making an appearance on their new show after 8am on Monday and then they'll visit my home studio for an episode of Toronto Mike'd.

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SiriusXM Canada Cancels Humble and Fred

For the first time in five years, there was no Humble and Fred show on SiriusXM Canada's Canada Laughs channel this morning. SiriusXM chose not to renew Humble and Fred's contract.

No reason was given, but I have my theories. It's unlikely due to budgetary reasons as the licensing fee was very small with Humble and Fred generating their revenue by selling advertising. Also, it's worth noting, Humble and Fred offered to waive this small fee and pay for the sole SiriusXM employee who works the daily two hour shift. SiriusXM still took a pass. Did SiriusXM have concerns about the content? Did they want more control over the show (and the hosts)? They're not saying, but both are possibly true.

Regardless, Humble and Fred are moving on with a new distribution deal that will be announced shortly. Funny 820 out of Hamilton will carry them live from 7am to 9am which means many listeners will be able to tune them in on terrestrial radio and others will be able to stream the show live without having to pay for a subscription.

And of course, at its core, the show is a podcast. The wonderful thing about podcasts is that the heartbeat is open source and the distribution channel cannot be controlled by a media company. You can choose not to renew a contract and to cancel a show, but to paraphrase Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons, you cannot kill a podcast.

The Humble and Fred show on SiriusXM is dead. Long live the Humble and Fred show.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 200: Humble and Fred

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 200In this 200th episode, Mike chats with broadcasters Humble Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson about their podcast, the state of radio today and how long they'll run. This episode is exactly 1:50:37.

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The "Before" Photos of Humble and Fred's New Studio

Five years ago today, I was in the room while Humble and Fred recorded their first podcast. Well, it wasn't really their first podcast, simply their first with an actual commitment to record daily.

They're moving their studio to The Queensway, just east of Islington. I biked over today to take some "before" photos and I'll return next Friday to see the "after".

Here's where the microphones and soundboard will go. Fred is either contemplating life, realizing regret or thinking about lunch.

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Here's the unfinished table with the new board. Rumour has it this is the same board that put a man on the moon in '69.

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Here's where visitors will sit. It's quite the beautiful view of The Queensway.

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Here's the view of the new studio from The Queensway. I'm told the "Queens Flowers" sign will be replaced at some point.

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Humble Howard will be living in the residence above the studio. Here's his patio where he will partake in the medicinal goodness of all things green.

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There is some controversy about Humble and Fred asking listeners to pay for their new basement washroom. Here's what your $10,000 got you.

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I'll share pictures from the finished studio next Friday. Well done, boys.

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Toronto Mike on Humble and Fred Talking Retro Blue Jays Songs

I appeared on Humble and Fred's show this morning, talking Blue Jays fever and spinning a few retro Jays songs. It was great fun chatting with the guys about the three songs they put together in the early 90s.

Here's my segment. You can hear the entire episode of Humble and Fred here or on SiriusXM channel 168.

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Humble and Fred on the Dini Petty Show in 1994

There's some great behind-the-scenes footage of Humble and Fred recording their CFNY morning show in 1994 in this clip. Also, bonus Dan Duran, Jason Barr and Marla West.

[via Dave Thielking, h/t to @retrontario]

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Newstalk 1010 Cancels Humble & Fred Radio

Back in January 2013, Humble and Fred signed on to have their daily podcast aired on Newstalk 1010. The Humble and Fred show started airing weekdays at midnight where it stayed through last week.

Here's how the early morning lineup looked last week on Newstalk 1010.

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Newstalk 1010 has cancelled the Humble and Fred show, effective immediately. Here's how the early morning lineup now looks.

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The midnight to 2am slot, previously occupied by a censored version of the Humble and Fred podcast, is now The Best of Jerry Agar and The Best of Jim Richards.

You can still hear the Humble and Fred show online as a podcast. IMHO, it's the only way to go.

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CFNY FM 102's Humble Howard & Fred Patterson

Here's a 1993 1989 or 1990 ad for Humble and Fred's morning show on CFNY FM 102. In terms of branding, we're not quite Edge yet.

Thanks again to Retrontario for the upload.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 100: Humble & Fred

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 100In this 100th episode, Mike chats with Humble and Fred about their 25 years together as they share more Toronto radio stories than you can shake a stick at. In fact, if you work in Toronto radio, we likely talked about you. This episode is exactly 1:30:51.

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